by Sean Mendis
Due to a growing interest in metta meditation and metta circles in Australia, Venerable Mahinda initiated the idea of holding a Metta Workshop at Aloka Meditation Centre, in Peats Ridge, Australia. Organised by the Australian Buddhist Mission (ABM) and Aloka Community Incorporated (ACI), the purpose of the workshop was for people to experience metta in their hearts, as well as to provide relevant information about what is metta, how to practice metta, and why practice metta. The workshop also aimed to provide guidance for anyone who is keen to start a metta circle or would like to join an existing one.
Approximately 150 participants attended, far surpassing initial expectations. One of the highlights of the workshop was simply having so many different ethnic, religious, social and cultural backgrounds coming together, which demonstrates the power of metta and its application in modern everyday life.
The workshop also consisted of two guest speakers.
Venerable Mahinda concluded the workshop by speaking about how he has seen the benefits of metta meditation time and again over his more than 40 years of practising and teaching metta meditation. He also spoke of the urgent need for metta and how we can counter fear, chaos and division in our world by awakening through metta.
One of the ways which metta can be promoted is through metta circles, which create peace-loving and harmonious communities overcoming religious, cultural, ethnic and social divisions. We hope to see more and more like-minded people coming together to practise metta for the benefit of themselves, their families, communities, nations and the world at large. Sadhu!